There is nothing I think is dumber than the standard post-election plea for bipartisanship you see in newspapers after every election. This election is no exception. Get over it. The Democrats won, they have been out of power for a while, and have a backlog of stuff they want to do. I won't agree with a lot of it, which will put me in the same place I was with the Republican Congress. I'm going to be pissed when the Democrats try to increase the minimum wage, roll back NAFTA, impose oil windfall profits taxes and raise income taxes. Just as I was pissed when the Republicans passed McCain-Feingold, the prescription drug boondoggle, steel tariffs, and gave up on social security reform and any meaningful ethics and earmark reform.
Chris Edwards at Cato agrees:
That's nonsense. In a closely divided legislature, partisanship and
attacks on the other team are the logical course for both parties.
Because both parties know that either House or Senate could easily
switch back over in 2008, they will do their best to deny the other
side any legislative victories. The GOP's strategy now will be to show
that the Dems can't get anything done, so they block, filibuster, and
veto. They are the opposition in the House, so their job is to oppose.
The Dems will use their chairmanships and control of the House floor
to schedule partisan hearings and votes to try and make the Republicans
look bad any way that they can. The most important thing for Nancy
Pelosi will be to hold onto the majority and line up some divisive
issues to hammer on to help the party's 2008 presidential nominee. Note
that she won't be scheduling votes on tax hikes anytime soon, because
that would immediately revive the GOP and jeopardize 2008.
I do think the two parties are going to have to figure out how to get some judgeships filled, but I am not holding my breath. My real wish is that Pelosi would pursue impeachment, not because I think it is justified but because it would tie Congress up into a magnificently entertaining gridlock. Unfortunately, she has pledged she would not do so.
Postscript: McCain-Feingold limits expired yesterday, so you have your free speech back. You may criticize politicians again.